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2018 IPO Prospects: Lyft Appears To Be Changing Gears To List

According to a Goldman Sachs report, the global ride-hailing market is expected to grow from $36 billion in 2017 to $285 billion by 2030. The average number of ride-hailing trips a day globally are expected to grow from 15 million in 2017 to 97 million by 2030. The ride-hailing companies are expected to charge an average 23% commission on the gross sales, translating to net revenues of $65 billion by 2030 for the industry. While Uber (Private:UBER) continues to remain the market leader in the industry, its recent troubles have helped drive usage for competitors, such as Lyft (Private:LYFT), to higher levels. Lyft may even beat Uber to an IPO listing this year.

Lyft’s Growth

Lyft, still largely focused in the US, has grown significantly during the past year. According to its Co-Founder and President John Zimmer, Lyft more than doubled the 162.6 million rides it provided in 2016. It is now available in all the 50 US states. Last year, Lyft also made its first international presence when it began operating its service in Toronto, Canada. Lyft has clearly benefited from all the turmoil at Uber. Here is an interesting infographic, courtesy recode, that shows how Lyft made big advances in San Francisco and New York, when compared with Uber.

Besides market expansion for the ride-sharing service, Lyft also has been actively focused on the autonomous driving market. Last year, Lyft entered into several partnerships with automakers such as Ford (NYSE:F), Tata Motors’ (NYSE:TTM) Jaguar Land Rover, and General Motors (NYSE:GM) to test self-driving vehicles in the network. It launched an open platform that is designed to give these automakers and tech companies the ability to work on self-driving cars that will be accessible to its ride-sharing network.

It officially launched the service last month in Boston when it sent autonomous vehicles, developed by the startup NuTonomy, to pick passengers in Boston’s Seaport district. The riders are randomly paired with one of NuTonomy’s self-driving cars when they use the Lyft app in the Seaport area. The car comes with a driver behind the wheel who is ready to take control, when needed. The partnership will help establish user confidence in the driverless car model along with helping improve the performance through feedback from pilot participants. Later this month, Lyft will also launch a similar service for the Consumer Electronics Show happening in Las Vegas. Attendees will be able to ride the autonomous cars on 20 pre-defined routes and destinations. The service will be provided in collaboration with Aptiv, which will work on the automated driving vehicles, while Lyft will take on the dispatch.

Lyft is not the only ride-sharing service to offer autonomous cars. Uber already has the service running in Pittsburgh and Phoenix. But Uber is being sued over its autonomous driving technology by Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and has also been involved in a few traffic incidents in these markets.

Lyft’s Financials

Lyft’s user growth has translated to higher revenues in 2017. While the company still does not disclose detailed financials, recent reports revealed that its gross revenues grew from $150 million in the first half of 2016 to $483 million for the first half of 2017. During the same period, losses have reduced from $283 million to $206 million. During the same period, Uber is estimated to have earned $3 billion in revenues with losses of $2 billion.

Lyft has been venture funded so far and has raised $4.2 billion from investors including Fidelity Management & Research Company, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Capital G, Icahn Enterprises, Rakuten, Coatue Management, Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund, Mayfield Fund, FLOODGATE, K9 Ventures, and fbFund. Its last funding round was held in December 2017 , when it raised $500 million at a valuation of $11.5 billion from investors including Fidelity Management & Research Company and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Valuation has grown steadily from $10 billion back in October 2017 and $7.5 billion in April 2017. It is still a far cry from Uber’s valuation of $68 billion.

Many believe that Lyft is very close to going public as it is about to select its IPO advisors to help it list. It also added Kristina Omari as its first-ever vice president of corporate development and customer relations – a move expected to be part of the IPO initiative.

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Eight men now control as much wealth as the world’s poorest 3.6 billion people, according to a new report from Oxfam International.

The men — Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Amancio Ortega, Larry Ellison and Michael Bloomberg — are collectively worth $426 billion, the anti-poverty group said on Sunday.

“Such dramatic inequality is trapping millions in poverty, fracturing our societies, and poisoning our politics,” said Paul O’Brien, Oxfam America’s Vice President for Policy and Campaigns.

The release of the group’s annual inequality report coincides with the World Economic Forum in Davos. The annual meeting in the Swiss mountain resort brings together political and financial leaders and some of the wealthiest people in the world.

Eight men now control as much wealth as half of the world’s population.

The Oxfam report said that the richest 1% has owned more wealth than the rest of the planet since 2015. In the U.S., the richest 1% control 42% of the wealth.

oil penny stocks: CyberArk Software Ltd.(CYBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joe Tenebruso]

    CyberArk Software (NASDAQ:CYBR) reported fourth-quarter financial results on Feb. 9. The Israeli cybersecurity specialist continues to win new business for its “privileged account” security solutions, which help to protect against cyberattacks that use insider privileges to penetrate network perimeters and assault the most sensitive areas of an enterprise’s IT infrastructure.

  • [By ]

    RB: I thought wed be up more than we are on cybersecurity plays. We have 25% gains on recommendations like Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW). Were off a few percentage points on CyberArk Software (NASDAQ: CYBR).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion before the opening bell. Citigroup shares rose 0.30 percent to $67.22 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) to have earned $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion in the latest quarter. JPMorgan will release earnings before the markets open. JPMorgan shares gained 0.48 percent to $93.55 in after-hours trading.
    Cyberark Software Ltd (NASDAQ: CYBR) lowered its guidance for the second quarter. The company now expects total revenue of $57.0 million to $57.5 million, versus earlier guidance of $61.0 million to $62.0 million. Cyberark shares dipped 17.65 percent to $42.00 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the opening bell, First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million. First Republic Bank shares dropped 0.80 percent to close at $101.35 on Thursday.

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oil penny stocks: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) on Saturday took the wraps off its redesigned Chevrolet Silverado pickup, the company’s best-selling light vehicle. The 2019 model-year pickups will hit the market late next year and GM hopes they’ll invigorate sales that have been dwindling this year.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    U.S. automakers Ford Motor (F) and General Motors (GM) reported their December U.S. sales today–and went a long way towards dispelling concerns that sales were headed for a rapid decline. The numbers were good enough, in fact, that CFRA Research’s Efraim Levy kept his Strong Buy rating on General motors. He explains why:


    Earnings for GM are expected to jump more than 50% this year, to $4.76, as the company moves past one-time costs related to faulty ignition switches. In two years, earnings could approach $6 a share. That makes the stock look underpriced at a recent $35. Perhaps more impressive than the upside potential for earnings, however, is the potential bottom for profits during the next downturn in car sales. GM has slashed its debt through bankruptcy restructuring and cut its U.S. break-even point from 16 million yearly vehicles to fewer than 11 million. The recent pace of sales is over 18 million. During the next downturn, assuming a sales decline of ordinary size, earnings are likely to remain solidly positive, say $3 to $4 a share.

    As investors gain confidence in GM’s improved earnings stability, they could award the stock a valuation more befitting an healthy cyclical business. A rise to 10 times earnings would put shares at $48 based on this year’s estimate, for a gain of over 30%. That doesn’t include next year’s estimated earnings growth, pegged at 13%. GM says that it will break even in Europe by then, and expects to continue to generate solid profits in China. Shares yield 4%. 

oil penny stocks: EQT GP Holdings, LP(EQGP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Not only does Jana consider the deal price overvalued, but it looks to redirect EQT’s focus to a breakup of pipeline operations to transform the core company into an exploration & production firm. The pipelines already trade publicly under EQT Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: EQM) and EQT GP Holdings LP (NYSE: EQGP).

oil penny stocks: Clean Diesel Technologies Inc.(CDTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTI) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.18 per share on revenue of $10.25 million.

    Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $22.10 million.

oil penny stocks: Codexis, Inc.(CDXS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    While companies with lower-priced shares are often riskier than those with higher prices, some companies trading under $5 per share have intriguing potential. Investors searching for overlooked growth opportunities should consider industrial biotech BioAmber (NYSE:BIOA), pharmaceutical services company Codexis (NASDAQ:CDXS), and one-trick-pony biopharma Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KERX).

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested taking a long/bullish position in small cap biocatalysts developer Codexis, Inc (NASDAQ: CDXS):

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now

Sometimes identifying the best stocks to buy can be difficult, but you could do a lot worse than check out the stocks selected by one of the world’s wealthiest hedge fund managers — George Soros.

Self-made Soros fled Hungary and funded his way through an economics degree by working as a railway porter and waiter. Years of successful investing gave him a net worth of $25.2 billion and the no. 1 ranking on Forbes’ hedge fund manager rich list. (Warren Buffett, who has a whopping $75 billion net worth, wins the no.1 title for the wider finance and investments community). In 1992, Soros shorted the British pound and reportedly made a profit of $1 billion. He became known as the man who broke the Bank of England.

Now we can track the latest trades of his family office, Soros Fund Management. Just-released SEC forms reveal a valuable glimpse into which stocks Soros likes, and which he doesn’t. I looked back over 2017 and pinpointed Soros’ best stock picks this year. These are the stocks that this legendary hedge fund manager is most bullish on. Note that Soros has just shifted an incredible $18 billion from the fund to charity. Following the move, the fund manages about $4 billion in portfolio assets.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Atwood Oceanics, Inc.(ATW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Atwood Oceanics Inc. (NYSE: ATW) was reiterated with a Hold rating at Jefferies, but the firm raisedits price target on the shares to $13 from $8. That compares with a Wall Street consensus price objective of $8.90. The 52-week trading range for the stock is $4.82 to $15.87. The stock closed Thursday at $13.55.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market climbed Wednesday, with all three major market benchmarks finishing on the plus side. The Dow rose back to within 50 points of the 20,000 mark, and although negative comments from President-elect Donald Trump about drug pricing during his press conference caused poor performance in that sector, the general mood among investors remained positive as earnings season approaches. Also, good news on several fronts helped lift individual stocks, and Kornit Digital (NASDAQ:KRNT), Workday (NYSE:WDAY), and Atwood Oceanics (NYSE:ATW) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of Atwood Oceanics (NYSE:ATW) are bounding higher on Wednesday and were up more than 13% by 3:00 p.m. EDT. There wasn’t any news to drive the stock higher today. Instead, it appears that investors finally decided they like the company’s messy fiscal second-quarter report.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Go back a year, and offshore drillers like Noble (NE), Rowan (RDC), Transocean (RIG) and Atwood Oceanics (ATW) had been all but written off–until they weren’t anymore. Since then, investors have been rewarded for picking winners in the group from the losers, as Atwood Oceanics has more than doubled, Transocean has gained 34%, and Rowan has risen 42%, while Noble and Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) have dropped 13%.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: Kelly Services Inc.(KELYA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $1.35 billion.

    Silver Standard Resources Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ: SSRI) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.02 per share on revenue of $96.25 million.

  • [By David Milstead]

    One such outfit is Kelly Services (KELYA). The Troy, Mich., company places temporary employees in a variety of fields, such as law, health care, computing and finance. Although recent job reports have been strong, S&P Capital IQ analyst Michael Jaffe sees employers remaining cautious in their hiring practices and using the kind of temporary workers Kelly specializes in. Jaffe says Kelly is his top pick in the staffing sector, and he rates the stock a strong buy.

Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Watch Right Now: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Looking to China for its first EVs could be a smart move for the company that is stuck playing catch up with long-time rival General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) with its Chevy Bolt EV and even much smaller Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), which just introduced its first Model 3 sedans at a price point that is close to the average cost of a new car in the United States.


    IBM was among a number of companies Trump hit on the campaign trail for shipping jobs overseas. He accused the company of laying off 500 workers in Minneapolis and moving their jobs to India at a Minnesota rally just a day before the election. He made similar attacks against Ford (F) , Apple (AAPL) and General Motors (GM) , among others.


    The market is rightly worried about General Motors Company (GM) hitting the peak of the latest car-buying cycle, but its overdoing its concerns. It feels like GM stock has been discounted for a worst-case scenario, if not more.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018

Related UNG Does Being An Oil Bear Make You A Nat Gas Bull? What's Next For Nat Gas? Citi Sees Chance For 'Higher Peaks'

Following the arrests of 11 princes and four ministers in Saudi Arabia, oil commanded most of the headlines in the energy patch Monday. However, some traders aren't overlooking natural gas. The United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSE: UNG) jumped 4.7 percent on volume that was more than double the daily average.

Monday's pop trims UNG's year-to-date decline to about 30 percent, a tumble that underscores the status of natural gas as one of this year's worst-performing commodities. Some traders are betting natural gas's woes are over, at least for the near-term, and they may be correct as UNG has rallied about 14 percent of its recently set 52-week low.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: QuickLogic Corporation(QUIK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday afternoon, the information technology sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK) and Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK) was down, falling around 10 percent to $2.10. QuickLogic reported a $15 million share offering.


  • [By Alex McGuire]

    These are the 10 best penny stocks that have seen the biggest returns over the last week (March 7 – March 14)…

    Penny StockCurrent PriceWeekly Gain (March 7 – March 14)Ocera Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: OCRX)$1.47+147.1%Internap Corp. (Nasdaq: INAP)$3.28+41.4%Soligenix Inc. (Nasdaq: SNGX)$2.94+40%Navios Maritime Partners LP (NYSE: NMM)$2.63+37%QuickLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QUIK)$2.14+30.5%Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: ADMP)$4.60+22.7EXCO Resources Inc. (NYSE: XCO)$0.65+20.5%Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCC)$4.38+20.3%Hebron Technology Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq: HEBT)$3.99+19.1%Curis Inc. (Nasdaq: CRIS)$2.85+18.4%

    As a reminder, this is only a tracking metric of penny stocks trading on SEC-regulated exchanges like the Nasdaq and NYSE. Although these top penny stocks are safer than those trading on the pink sheets, we don’t recommend buying any of them without the proper amount of financial research.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: CytomX Therapeutics Climbs Following Bristol-Myers Squibb Partnership; Medgenics Shares Slide 15 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Monday Cerulean Pharma's (CERU) CEO Chris Guiffre on Cerulean and Dar茅 Proposed Transaction (Transcript) (Seeking Alpha)
    Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Cancer Genetics Gains After Q4 Results; Heat Biologics Shares Slide Mid-Day Market Update: Dow Rises Over 50 Points; Tandem Diabetes Care Shares Plunge Tandem Diabetes prices stock offering at $1.25; shares off 19% premarket (Seeking Alpha)
    Cerulean Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: CERU) shares dipped 27 percent to $0.817. Cerulean Pharma shares have dropped 60.28 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 15.31 percent in the same period.
    Tandem Diabetes Care Inc (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares tumbled 24.2 percent to $1.17. Tandem Diabetes Care priced 18 million share offering at $1.25 per share.
    Alphatec Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ATEC) shares fell 21.1 percent to $2.10 as the company reported a $18.9 million private placement.
    Heat Biologics Inc (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares dropped 15.5 percent to $0.870. Heat Biologics priced its 5 million share offering at $0.80 per share.
    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) shares fell 15 percent to $1.76.
    QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK) shares declined 12.2 percent to $1.58. QuickLogic priced its 10 million share offering at $1.50 per share.
    Orion Engineered Carbons SA (NYSE: OEC) shares dropped 9.5 percent to $19.10. Orion Engineered Carbons reported a 5 million common stock secondary offering.
    Interpace Diagnostics Group Inc (NASDAQ: IDXG) shares fell 8.7 percent to $2.61 after the company reported debt restructuring and agreed to eliminate its royalty and mileston

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Nam Tai Electronics Inc.(NTE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    Another stock that’s starting to move within range of triggering a big breakout trade is Nam Tai Electronics (NTE), which is an electronics manufacturing and design services provider to a select group of the world’s leading OEMs of telecommunications and consumer electronic products. This stock has been destroyed by the sellers so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 41%.

    If you look at the chart for Nam Tai Electronics, you’ll notice that this stock has been uptrending for the last month and change, with shares moving higher from its low of $6.05 to its recent high of $8.38 a share. During that uptrend, shares of NTE have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of NTE within range of triggering a big breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in NTE if it manages to break out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $8.38 to $8.79 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 647,483 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then NTE will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from April that started near $11.50 a share. If this stock gets into that gap with volume, then the upside is tremendous and we could easily see NTE hit $11 to $12 a share.

    Traders can look to buy NTE off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its 50-day at $7.42 a share, or below more key support at $7.22 a share. One can also buy NTE off strength once it takes out that breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: JAKKS Pacific, Inc.(JAKK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Hasbro, Inc largely trending upward while shares of peers like mid cap Mattel, Inc (NASDAQ: MAT) and small cap JAKKS Pacific, Inc (NASDAQ: JAKK) have largely trended downward:

  • [By Roberto Pedone]

    One under-$10 toy player that’s trending very close to triggering a major breakout trade is Jakks Pacific (JAKK), which is a producer and marketer of children’s toys and other consumer products. This stock has been destroyed by the bears so far in 2013, with shares off sharply by 60%.

    If you take a look at the chart for Jakks Pacific, you’ll notice that this stock has been downtrending badly for the last two months and change, with shares plunging from its high of $11.75 to its recent low of $4.82 a share. During that downtrend, shares of JAKK have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of JAKK look like they might be ready to see an end to its downside volatility in the short-term if the recent lows can hold. I believe this due to the fact that JAKK has started to move sideways and trend within range of triggering a major breakout trade.

    Traders should now look for long-biased trades in JAKK if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $5.08 to $5.27 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 695,817 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then JAKK will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $5.68 to its 50-day moving average at $6.07 a share. Any high-volume move above its 50-day will then put $7 to $8 into range for shares of JAKK.

    Traders can look to buy JAKK off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support levels at $4.87 to $4.82 a share. One can also buy JAKK off strength once it clears those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Hasbro, Inc largely going in one direction while shares of peers likemid cap Mattel, Inc (NASDAQ: MAT)and small cap JAKKS Pacific, Inc (NASDAQ: JAKK) have gone in the other direction:

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: General Motors Company(GM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jack Foley]

    The company’s present debt to equity ratio is 2.86, which is substantially higher than that ofToyota Motor Corp (NYSE: TM) or General Motors (NYSE: GM). In fact, even if one does conclude that Ford is an attractive play at present, its debt levels turn that argument on its head. Many income orientated investors focus on its large dividend and healthy price to cash flow ratio of 2.8 but there is more than meets the eye here. Why? Well, we were already informed that the company would be undertaking heavy investment over the next few years – especially in the areas of electric and autonomous vehicles. In fact, the pending $700 million investment which has been earmarked for Michigan is projected to take these two specific areas under its wing. What tax breaks will Ford receive for taking this decision? Will it able to compete with the likes of Toyota, which is a far more diversified company, with only a third of its sales coming from North American markets? This is the kind of information investors need to look at.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    After ceding its rank as the top selling plug-in hybrid (PHEVs) in May to Toyota Motor Corp.’s (NYSE: TM) Prius Prime, the Chevrolet Volt from General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) recaptured the top sales spot in June with 1,745 units sold compared to 1,619 Prius Prime sales. For the first six months of the year, the Volt has sold 10,932 units compared to 9,692 Prius Primes.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The Model 3’s main competitor is the Chevrolet Bolt from General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) which is available at a list price of around $37,500 compared to the Model 3’s base price of $35,000. What sets these two cars apart is their range on a single full charge — more than 200 miles, double the range of any other vehicle in the group at the base price.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results before the markets open on Tuesday. While most of 2017 has been quiet for GM, the auto manufacturer appears to be building momentum into this earnings report, with its stock up about 25% since it reported second-quarter results.

  • [By John Rosevear]

    The market for sedans may be in a sharp decline, but General Motors (NYSE:GM) isn’t giving up on cars quite yet. Automotive News is reporting that GM will unveil an all-new version of the Buick Regal sedan at an event in Michigan next month.

  • [By Daniel Miller]

    Detroit’s two largest automakers, General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) understand that one of the easiest ways to offset slowing new-vehicle sales in the U.S. is to generate more profitable sales. One way to do that is to expand luxury brands — Cadillac for GM and Lincoln for Ford. The good news is that while the automakers have had a tougher time gaining market share in the U.S., China helped send sales surging in 2016.

Hot Performing Stocks To Invest In 2018: Cardtronics, Inc.(CATM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Non-bank ATM operator Cardtronics (NASDAQ:CATM) slumped on Friday despite reporting fourth-quarter results that beat analyst estimates on all fronts. The culprit driving the decline may be the company’s 2017 guidance, which calls for a decline in adjusted EPS. At 2:30 p.m. EST, the stock was down about 10%.

As Average Age of American Cars Nears 12 Years, a Challenge and Opportunities for Manufacturers

The average age of American cars has risen almost relentlessly for well over a decade. The level reached 11.6 year in 2016 and is expected to grow this year to over 12 years. That fact is a double-edged sword for car makers. Cars are better built and last longer. On the other hand, a 12-year-old car is considered old by many people, and they may be in the market for a replacement.

The fastest growing segment of the “old car” inventory is vehicles that are over 16 years old, according to IHS Markit. The number of these cars is expected to grow 30% from last year through 2021. That will put the number of units in this category at 81 million, against a U.S. driving population of 220 million. A silver lining in this trend is that many households have more than one car.

U.S. new car sales are expected to be just over 17 million this year, very close to a record. The number is expected to dip slightly next year, but incentives and the economy could affect that modestly. One thing is for certain. As new car sales stay flat, major manufacturers have to jockey for market share to keep sales, and likely profits, rising. This, in turn, can drive new buyer incentives.

The U.S. new car market can be broken into three huge segments. The first is sedans and coupes, many of which are light and get low gas mileage. These have become unpopular as gasoline prices have stayed low. The next is crossovers and sport utility vehicles, a market that has done well, again due to some extent on low gas prices. These vehicles tend to get fairly poor mileage ratings but the cost to operate them is also affected by low gas prices. The final segment is full-sized pickups. Many people do not know how large this segment is. It has only three vehicles. Among them, they will account for 2 million new sales this year. They are the leader, the Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) F-Series, followed by General Motor Co.’s (NYSE: GM) Chevy Silverado and the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) Ram. As a group, their sales will be up about 5% this year, against slightly lower sales for the entire industry.

One challenge the car industry has set for itself is very long finance periods for many cars and light trucks. Financing of 0% APR for 72 months is not unusual. It will be financially hard for people to sell these vehicles until they have paid off the entire amount owed. This creates an inventory of cars that will be six years old before they are sold or traded in.

Car companies are up against a market in which several tens of millions of people will not buy new cars soon. On the other hand, some people with aging cars will want to replace them, particularly when companies offer aggressive incentives.The balance between those two groups will drive some new car sales in the future. Unfortunately for the companies, no one knows how much.

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